Families in New River still cleaning up after monster storm

NEW RIVER, AZ - Families in New River are overwhelmed with the clean-up after Tuesday's monster storm.

Brandon Walz says his neighborhood is unrecognizable.

The transformation made in just one day when flood waters took over and there was only one thing that mattered.

Walz and his friends went from home to home making sure everyone was out. It was a rescue that came with some close calls.

Walz jumped in the water to save a woman trapped by the floods.

And if it were to happen again, Walz wouldn't have done anything differently.

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't do anything to help," said Walz.

"All these people up here are family. That's what you do. You want to make sure your family is safe," said Walz.

Relieved that his neighbors are safe, he now looks at the damage.

"My boat was in the garage. Water busted through that and took it down the river," said Walz.

Found almost a mile down the road.

"This stuff is all replaceable," said Walz, but nothing compares to the lost memories captured over a lifetime.

But the big hit came when Walz tried to find the only thing that mattered.

"I went back in for my mom's dogs and mom's urn. It wasn't there," said Walz.

His mom Linda died less than a year ago, her ashes taken away by the flood.

"She loved her dog. She rescued her. I tried to do the same and I couldn't," said Walz.

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